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Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before



 
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Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before #1 (permalink) Sun Jan 29, 2006 18:11 pm   Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #119 "Gerund or Infinitive", question 1

......... me if I've told you this before.

(a) Stopping
(b) Stopped
(c) Stops
(d) Stop

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #119 "Gerund or Infinitive", answer 1

Stop me if I've told you this before.

Correct answer: (d) Stop
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Stop me #2 (permalink) Sun Jan 29, 2006 19:22 pm   Stop me
 

Hi johny,

This expression: Stop me if I've told you this before is used in conversation by someone who is about to tell a story or report an incident. They are asking the audience (the people they're talking to/or the person) to tell them if they already know the story in which case they won't repeat it.

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Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before #3 (permalink) Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:22 am   Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before
 

Alan,
Why present perfect was used? I had used past perfect if I would have written this.
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Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before #4 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:53 am   Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before
 

Why not stopping??
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Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before #5 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:00 am   Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before
 

Hi,

To answer both points:

Quote:
Stop me if I've told you this before.

The verb (stop) is in the imperative form and the tense is present perfect because it means 'if I have told you this up till now.'

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Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before #6 (permalink) Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:18 am   Expression: Stop me if I've told you this before
 

Thank you Mr Alan...
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